Richmond, VA – HCA Virginia hospitals collected nearly 2,085 pounds of medications during their annual “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day Oct. 23, 2021. To help combat the nation’s opioid crisis, nine events were held at HCA hospitals around Virginia, aligning with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The HCA Virginia hospitals comprised more than 13% of the 15,566 pounds of unused and expired medications collected during 99 events hosted by HCA Virginia’s parent company, HCA Healthcare, in 17 states, exceeding last year’s record of 13,523 pounds.

Richmond’s Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, in their event held in partnership with Chesterfield County Police, collected the largest single facility tally in the country with 789 pounds of medications.

“Opioid addiction is a national health crisis, and it is imperative that we get unused pain medications out of homes where they can more easily end up in the wrong hands,” said Dr. Jake O’Shea, chief medical officer of HCA Virginia. “To remove more than one ton of drugs from the street that could have been part of the opioid epidemic is a major accomplishment for our HCA Virginia hospitals. We are very proud to have been leaders in the national “Crush the Crisis” events with Chippenham and Johnston-Willis being the top collector of these medications in the country.”

Participating HCA Virginia hospitals and their total pounds of medications recovered:

  • Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals (held in partnership with Chesterfield County Police): 789
  • Henrico Doctors' Hospital Campuses (Forest, Parham, Retreat): 139.8
  • John Randolph Medical Center: 53.5
  • Reston Hospital Center: 249
  • Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center: 310
  • LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany: 215.5
  • LewisGale Hospital – Montgomery: 126.1
  • LewisGale Hospital – Pulaski: 79.8
  • LewisGale Medical Center: 122

As an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, HCA Virginia hospitals are part of a health system that also uses science of “big data” to reduce opioid misuse and transform pain management, with initiatives in surgical, emergency and other care settings including:

  • Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR): a multi-modal approach to pain management that has demonstrated significant improvements in surgical recovery and a reduction in the use of opioids. HCA Healthcare data from more than 86,000 joint replacement, gynecologic oncology, colorectal and bariatric surgeries using ESR in 2020 revealed an up to 26 percent reduction in opioid usage compared to those surgeries without the use of ESR. As of August 2021, ESR is live at 168 HCA Healthcare facilities, with the goal to make ESR the standard of care for all service lines.
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS): aims to stem increasing rates of opioid-related addiction, misuse diversion and death by making it more difficult for medication-seekers to doctor-shop and alter prescriptions. EPCS allows physicians to have access to aggregated electronic health records which can provide data that will help them to prescribe opioids judiciously.

Approximately 96 HCA Healthcare facilities at 99 event locations participated in a “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day in communities across 17 states.